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BBC viewers raging as Christmas Day 2021 schedule is exact repeat of last years

Dec 1, 2021

Christmas Day may feel more like Groundhog Day after the Beeb’s scheduling department copy-pasted last year’s line-up.

BBC One will air the same shows in the same order from teatime onwards on December 25.

But mercifully, almost all of them will be brand new.

First up is Strictly at 5.10pm, followed by Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel.

Old faithfuls Blankety Blank and Call the Midwife are next, along with EastEnders and Mrs Brown’s Boys.

A repeat of The Vicar of Dibley will air at 10.55pm.

Viewers lashed out at the deja-vu line-up, blasting it as “lazy” and saying it was time to “ditch the licence fee”.

One tweeted: “The BBC seem to be good at programme recycling. Spending my licence money on stuff I have seen many, many times."

Another wrote: “Apart from Strictly – which I’m not interested in but appreciate it’s popular with many – the usual bilge.

“Do people bother watching on Christmas Day? Play some games, it’s more fun, usually…”

Others asked whether the BBC “have shares in Netflix?”, with one adding: “Thank goodness for all the streaming services whose fresh and extensive content puts the BBC to shame!”

Viewers will be palmed off with dozens of repeats over the festive period, newly released Christmas schedules reveal.

Almost a third of BBC1 programmes showing from December 18 to 31 have been aired before.

A whopping 75% of BBC2 and Channel 4 shows are repeats while two thirds of ITV’s programmes have been seen previously.

BBC One's 2021 Christmas schedule

5.10pm Strictly Come Dancing

6.25pm Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel

7.25pm Blankety Blank

8pm Call the Midwife

9.35pm EastEnders

10.20pm Mrs Brown’s Boys

10.55pm The Vicar of Dibley (repeat)

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